Features August 2007 Issue

Practical Sailor’s Chartplotter/Sounder Update: Garmin 498C and Raymarine A65

Testers give the small-screen Garmin 498C the thumbs up for performance, and it can be had for cheap. The Raymarine A65 gets high marks, too, but is held back by a high price.

In an effort to keep our readers informed of happenings in the marine electronics field, Practical Sailor is constantly on the lookout for new products and those that are a good value, even though they may have been on the market for several years. This update to our list of tested plotter/ sounder combo units does just that. Editors test drove the Garmin 498C and Raymarine A65, comparing them to the top performers among small-screen plotter/sounders and large-screen plotter/sounders. The Garmin plotter/sounder faced off with the Lowrance LMS-337C DF, and the Raymarine plotter/sounder combo was compared to the Navman Trackfish 6600. Testers considered each chartplotter’s user-interface and viewability, as well as their depth sounder features, including ability to show bottom detail, ease of use, and array of features.

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